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“Must see before you die”

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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Aviator's Tour
Ranked #24 of 321 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located near the Battleship Missouri in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII. Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war's youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You'll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed cafe Laniakea, and the combat flight simulators in which you can virtually fight the battle of Guadalcanal in either an American or Japanese plane.Pacific Aviation Museum's mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum, which educates young and old alike, honors aviators and the support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, and is dedicated to preserving Pacific aviation history.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Ocean City, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Must see before you die”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

This was one of the things I was most excited to see, and I wasn't disappointed. You are shown a short movie before you are set free to roam around, and there are all sorts of airplanes on display, even the one that Dubya himself flew. In the airport hangar, I was fascinated by the windows that were partially shattered from bullet holes, and the place is immense. There are more planes on display, and I spent hours in there. I also wandered around outside to look at the cement where they said you would still be able to see pieces missing from where it was hit from gunfire. The whole place is very quiet, and I was there around sunset when the clouds were coming in. Definitely bring your camera, it is hauntingly beautiful.

Visited August 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

The floor in the entry is a map of the islands--too cool! There isn't alot to see but what they have is rare. There is also a flight similator and a diner that serves pretty good food.

Visited December 2011
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Evansville, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Three Stars”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

I give the aviation museum three stars as it is a great museum to see the Japanese Zero the B25 Mitchell Bomber, the P40 Warhawk, Torpedoes from the Zero and the control tower left exactly as it was on Dec. 7th 1941 from the attack........

Visited September 2011
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting but kinda sparse.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2011

Nice place and well done exhibits but was not as much stuff as I expected for the price.

Visited December 2011
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Mililani Town, Hawaii, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2011

The Pacific Aviation Museum was a surprise to us. It was extremely informative and well done. We loved the displays and our tour guide did a great job not only with his presentation but answering our questions (we were an inquisitive bunch) as well. The hangar that houses the museum is a survivor of the Pearl Harbor Attack on Dec 7, 1941and is located on historic Ford Island in the middle of Pearl Harbor. The restoration continues and now includes work on the famous tower fronting the museum. This was an afternoon well spent.

Visited November 2011
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